Reported by: Nadia Faour (Potomac High School) and Hayden Miller (Princess Anne High School)
After getting a good night sleep, we reluctantly trudged to Newcomb to begin our study hall. We used the time provided to finalize our preliminary reports and finalize the concepts of our project. At the conclusion of the study hall, lunch arrived; a testament to the efficiency of Jason's Deli. The potatoes provided a large amount of carbohydrates, which we dutifully utilized to fuel our attention for the following lectures.
Reported by Scotti Mullen (Madison County High School) and Ben Fallica (St. Anne’s-Belfield School)
Today, we went straight to the classroom to work on our culminating policy projects. We first formed focus groups (consisting of one person from each of our culminating project groups) to receive feedback from the other students. Next, we went back to our project groups and discussed the feedback we’d received.
Fitz Elder (St. Anselm’s Abbey School) and Matthew Nalls (Summit Christian Academy)
Today was a change of pace for the HSLP. Our day began bright and early with a bus ride to the Cub Run Dairy farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Our delve into dairy culture kicked off with the ultrasound of a pregnant heifer. As we witnessed the veterinarian perform the ultrasound, we saw the future of the dairy industry in the form of an unborn cow calf.
Reported by Yirehi Del Valle Roman (TC Williams High School) and Catherine Quian (Maggie L. Walker Governor's School)
For class today, each group was responsible for reading about a period of Virginia’s political history. Mr. Walls divided us into six groups, each of which was asked to prepare a presentation covering a specific period in Virginia's political history ranging from the zenith of Harry Byrd's political machine to the climactic 2001 gubernatorial election. Because of the date, we had the unique honor of holding class in the beautiful Rotunda.
Reported by Alexandra Casker (Chatham Hall) and Alex Romano (Forest Park)
Today was the first day of class in Sorensen’s HSLP. We were reintroduced to our own Lauren Gilbert with a class on ethics in politics. We first learned why being ethical is an essential characteristic of a good political leader. We then went on to discuss the ideal state, the type of leader that state requires, and how we currently perceive our political leaders in Virginia. This led us into the topic of ethical dilemmas, which we learned were decisions of not right vs. wrong, but right vs. right.
Reported by: Schaefer Shelton (Granby High School) and Benjamin Berrett (Princess Anne High School)
Today the class spent the day developing team dynamics and learning some valuable life lessons from our facilitator, Mike, who led us through the ropes course at Poplar Ridge. We supported one another physically and emotionally, sometimes 20 feet up in the sweet Charlottesville air, and sometimes down on the brown earth.